Can You Help the Ancliffe Family?

Can you help David Ancliffe and his wife who are researching their family history. Whaplode Drove is where my Great Grandad George Ancliffe is shown on the 1881 census at Whaplode Bank with his wife Mary and 5 children. He is described as a Railway Labourer & free Methodist Preacher.

In the 1891 census he is living at Dockings Holt Little Sutton and has 4 further children including my Grandfather Joseph Ellis Ancliffe born 1884 Sutton St Nicholas.   George is then shown in the 1901 and 1911 censuses at Gatehouse Long Sutton. He died in 1924 and is buried in Long Sutton with Mary

Joseph became an Apprentice Carpenter on the M & G Railway before joining the Lincs Police in 1905 and subsequently being stationed in Stamford, Caythorpe, Barrowby, Market Deeping, Deeping St James, Gedney Drove End and finally Ruskington.

Anecdotally I believe Joseph was expelled from school for hitting a Master when he was doling out corporal punishment to Joseph’s best friend!!!

Oh a couple of Georges children are intriguing us Clara born in Broadholm 1874 lived all her life in Long Sutton, never appeared to have married and was in service with Robert Bush a Master Draper and then with John Robb a Rope Manufacturer – she died in 1949 in Long Sutton

There is also a family story about one of the daughters going to and dying in Australia – we think it may be Mary Ellen who married Ernest Wenn in 1898 and we can find no record of them in censuses after that date,

5 thoughts on “Can You Help the Ancliffe Family?

  1. June 14, 2018 at 8:59 am

    This seems to fit:

    Mary Ellen Ancliffe born Jan 1878 Holbeach.
    Married to Ernest Wenn at Sutton Bridge on 20th July 1898.
    Child born to this couple 26th May 1906 Pinkenba, Brisbane = Percy Wenn
    Child born to this couple 29th Oct 1916 also Brisbane = Audrey Valmai Wenn

    Mary Ellen When (Ancliffe) died 23rd June 1942 in Brisbane aged 64 and was buried there in Lutwyche Cemetery

    Linden Secker, Holbeach Cemetery Chapels Trust researcher

    1. Geoff Taylor
      June 14, 2018 at 9:48 am

      Thanks Linden. if you would like to include records from the chapel in our website very happy to do it. Regards Geoff

    2. David Ancliffe
      June 21, 2018 at 10:10 am

      Linden, really grateful for the information you have put on for Mary Ellen, using this we looked at grave records in Brisbane and immigration info which showed them arriving in Australia in 1900 aboard the Jumna, together with a female infant with the initials R. E. Wenn. We have looked at a picture of the boat and certainly would not have been too chuffed about travelling all that distance. This has helped us with a couple who were proving somewhat awkward.

      David and Ann Ancliffe

      1. Geoff Taylor
        June 23, 2018 at 8:26 am

        Great glad to hear of your success – Regards Geoff

    3. David Ancliffe
      July 1, 2018 at 10:08 am

      Linden, Delighted to say that thanks to your help we have followed the Wenn family arriving in Australia on SS Jumna and subsequently having 7 children, we have even managed to find cemeteries and grave inscriptions. Hopefully not too cheeky but we are struggling with Annie Ancliffe born in Long Sutton in 1888, we think she married a John Edward Walker in 1904 and then they disappear off the planet. We have tried passenger lists to Australia with no success. Just wondered if you may have some means of helping us and pointing us in the right direction.

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